Mirrorless Camera

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Sony A7 II Field-tested: A pro-friendly upgrade to the full-frame A7

With its high-performance hybrid focusing system (combining both phase detection and contrast detection in a mirrorless camera) Sony has been breaking down one of the final barriers for mirrorless to take over a bigger chunk of the DSLR market.

Sony a7R: World-class image quality in a small package rivals Nikon D800

For the last year, the Nikon D800 (and especially the Nikon D800e) have reigned as the highest-scoring camera in DxO’s extensive and widely-cited tests. For those willing to carry the moderately large 2.2 pound camera, and shell out $3K to buy one, you get massively sharp, colorful 36MP images. However, the Sony a7R is threatening to knock the Nikon D800e off its pedestal… Read more »

Looking at the future of cameras & photography

I’m not going to pretend that I have a crystal ball, but I do spend a lot of time thinking about trends in the market for cameras and in photo technology. I was lucky enough to be able to share my thoughts with a group of imaging industry folks and Stanford faculty and students as part of Stanford’s SCIEN program. The video of the talk is only available to their corporate sponsors, but for those who’d like to get the highlights, here are the slides I used.

Mirrorless action: Sony NEX-6 delivers

pl_centralparknyc_0001As part of my long term “road test” of the new Sony NEX-6, I took it with me on a walk through New York’s Central Park over Memorial Day weekend. As before, it fit perfectly in my ThinkTank Mirrorless Mover 30i, along with a Sony 18-200mm lens in addition to the 16-50mm “kit” lens, my tablet, and a few other accessories. But the real question would be whether this lightweight rig would measure up to the task of capturing the action… Read more »

Nikon bolsters DSLR line with D5200, ups its game in Mirrorless with Nikon 1 S1 and Nikon 1 J3 models

Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black)This being CES week, there is no shortage of new camera announcements. Nikon finally released its long-anticipated Nikon D5200, a 24MP update to the D5100 that (in typical fashion for camera makers these days) jumps over the imaging performance of the Nikon D7000, but at a lower cost and with a couple bells and whistles missing. Nikon has also refreshed its initial mirrorless camera offering with two new models, the J3 and the S1, along with an appealing new 10-100mm lens for its compact sensor format… Read more »